In search of Giants fans, I took to the streets of the Mission where everyone I interviewed assured me that “the Mission is going to go crazy” and, of course, that the “Giants are going to win”. Here’s your Afternoon Report:
Lynn S, 69, who lives in the Mission, mentioned she will stay home to watch the defining game. “People take over the street honking, screaming, people climb to the roof of the cars,” she said.
I asked her what she thought of fans behaving bad, but she was quick to correct me and say that “there’s a nice spirit for the most part, it doesn’t happen very often”.
And she’s right. If the Giants win game 6 tonight against the Kansas City Royals, they will secure another victory of the World Series.
On 17th and Mission Streets, Porsche Weekly, 31, was sporting Giants gear head to toe. “I am ecstatic, claiming another world series for the Giants. I’m confident after the last two games,” said Porsche referring to the Giants wins of 5-0 and 7-1. When asked what celebrations she expects, Weekly mentioned that “tortillas will be tossed to the sky.”
Although unsure why fans are tossing around tortillas, she added, “San Francisco is going to celebrate into the night”.
For Félix Martínez, 20, experiencing the coveted victory will be different because he will be at work. This afternoon, as he waited for the bus on 18th and Valencia, he mentioned that although the game is not on at the bakery where he works, he keeps the score by the cheering and shouting that goes on once the game starts.
“I’m not much of a fan but because I live here, I like to stay on top of it,” said Martínez, who is originally from Mexico.. “I like soccer, that’s my passion and I can understand why people here have such a passion.”
In other non-Giants news, I came across Peter Tang, who has been working at eWasteSF.com, a storefront on 16th and South Van Ness. The 19-year old wants to become a computer engineer and when his friend told him that the recycling electronics’ store was hiring, he didn’t hesitate to apply for the job.
eWasteSF recycles “stuff and electronics not fodd related,” such as refrigerators. People can drop off their electronics without a fee and the team makes sure to dispose of them appropriately. Tang, from North Beach, said he practices fixing electronics that a lot of the times are either very old or very new. When asked what he thought of the Mission he said “it’s pretty chill” and that he is glad he is working here. “My friend introduced me, it’s an awesome place,” he said.
This has been your Afternoon Report—a new series we’re trying out in which we offer a quickie post-meridian rundown of some minor developments in the always-happening streets of the Mission District. Got ideas or suggestions? Let us know what you think by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org